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Dolcetto

Dolcetto is a black-skinned Italian grape variety primarily growing in Piedmont region of Italy. Its name literally means "little sweet one" as it has a naturally low acidity and a balanced, rounded sweetness, producing mostly fruit-forward, easy-drinking wines.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Dolcetto wine has an intense and bright ruby color with purple hue. Aromas of this variety are ripe cherry, plum and wild berry with a hint of herbs and spice. On the palate, it is medium-bodied, with soft tannins and flavours of ripe cherry, blackberry, spices, and nuts.

Fresh Dolcetto grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Dolcetto is predominantly grown in the Piedmont, north-western Italy, where it has been cultivated since the Middle Ages. It is also grown in small quantities in Australia and in the USA. Dolcetto is usually harvested earlier than other Piedmontese red grapes. It is usually made as an unoaked, early-drinking style, but can also be vinified as a structured, complex wine with considerable amount of tannin. In Piedmont, Dolcetto is classified into different DOCs and DOCGs, depending on its origin. In the Langhe and Roero, it is classified as Dolcetto d'Alba, while in Asti and Acqui it is called Dolcetto d'Asti. Those wines are often unoaked or slightly oaked, to preserve the freshness and fruit character of the grape. Dogliani is the only DOCG in Piedmont made exclusively from Dolcetto. It is a more serious example of Dolcetto wine, some are apt for longer aging. Dolcetto is best enjoyed with rich, savoury dishes such as beef ragu, meetballs or aged cheeses.

Foods to pair with Dolcetto:

Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Fun Fact about Dolcetto
Dolcetto grapes were used as a health cure during the 1920s and 1930s, a practice known as "grape therapy," in which grapes were consumed for their health-giving properties.

Top Wines with Dolcetto

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G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso

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G.D. Vajra's Langhe Rosso is a light-bodied Italian red blend from the Piedmont region. The blend consists of native varietals Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto, giving it a bright and juicy flavor profile, with notes of ripe cherries and red berries. On the palate, the wine is soft and smooth, with a touch of spice and a hint of earthiness on the finish. The moderate acidity and light tannins make it the perfect accompaniment to a variety of dishes. Enjoy this wine with grilled meats or a creamy pasta dish.
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Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino Vermouth di Torino

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Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino Vermouth di Torino is a premium vermouth that showcases the expertise of its producer. Crafted in the renowned appellation of Torino, Italy, this vermouth is made from a selection of high-quality wines and botanicals. The vineyard features rich and fertile soils, which contribute to the wine's exceptional flavor profile. The winemaking process involves carefully blending the wines with a secret recipe of botanicals, resulting in a complex and aromatic vermouth. Perfect for sipping on its own or as a key ingredient in cocktails, this vermouth is a true delight for discerning palates.
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Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba Classici

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Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba Classico is a red wine produced by the renowned Italian winery, Prunotto. The wine is made from the Dolcetto grape variety grown in the Alba appellation of Piedmont, Italy. The vineyards are located on hillsides with south-eastern exposure, providing optimal sunlight and drainage for the grapes. The winemaking process involves a traditional fermentation and aging in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fruitiness and freshness of the wine. The resulting wine is a classic example of Dolcetto, with a deep ruby color, aromas of red fruits and violets, and a dry, medium-bodied palate with soft tannins and a pleasant acidity. It is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes, making it a great choice for any occasion.
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Brandini Filari Lunghi Dolcetto d'Alba

Brandini

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Brandini Filari Lunghi Dolcetto d'Alba is a premium red wine produced by the renowned Brandini winery in the Piedmont region of Italy. The wine is made from the Dolcetto grape variety, grown in the vineyards of the Alba appellation. The vineyards are characterized by their high altitude and steep slopes, which provide ideal growing conditions for the grapes. The wine is crafted using traditional winemaking techniques, including a long maceration period and aging in oak barrels. The resulting wine is a deep ruby color with aromas of black cherry, plum, and violet. On the palate, it is full-bodied with a rich, velvety texture and flavors of dark fruit and spice. This wine is a perfect choice for those seeking a high-quality, full-bodied red wine with a classic Italian character.
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Luigi Einaudi Dogliani

Luigi Einaudi

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Luigi Einaudi Dogliani is a premium red wine produced by the renowned Italian winery, Luigi Einaudi. The wine is made from the Dolcetto grape variety grown in the Dogliani appellation, known for its ideal vineyard features such as the hilly terrain and the calcareous soil. The winemaking process involves a careful selection of the best grapes, followed by a traditional fermentation and aging in oak barrels. The resulting wine is a full-bodied and complex red with a deep ruby color, intense aromas of red fruits and spices, and a long and persistent finish. Luigi Einaudi Dogliani is a perfect choice for those who appreciate the authentic taste of Italian wine.
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